The Difference Between Hunter Douglas Duette Honeycomb Shade vs. Duette Architella

Hunter Douglas Duette Honeycomb shades are similar to Duette Architella window coverings, except the Architella features an inner layer of fabric with a “honeycomb-within-a honeycomb construction” that provides outstanding energy efficiency. This design traps air between cells, which enhances energy efficiency. The extra layer of fabric creates a shade with a richer appearance than the standard Duette Honeycomb, which comes in various opacities in 180 colors. Since the sun shines differently on every window, you’ll need to consider which Duette will suit a room best, depending on the direction the windows face.

Summer and Winter Window Coverings for Homes in Seasonal Port Chester, NY

Duette Architella Honeycomb Shades are ranked the most energy-efficient window treatments in the industry and work best as window coverings for east- and west-facing windows that take the brunt of the seasons – extreme heat in summer when the sun is lower in the sky and lose the most heat in winter when the sun is high in the sky. Over half the heat in a home comes through windows in the summer, adding 15 to 20 degrees to interiors. Semi- opaque and room-darkening fabrics provide the most energy efficiency year-round with R-values from 5.5 to 8.0, respectively.

Standard honeycomb shades are lighter than Architella and work nicely in south-facing windows, especially during the cold winters we get here in Port Chester, NY, when you want to bring in more light to take advantage of the free heat of the winter sun as it tracks across the southern sky at a low angle. For the most energy efficiency for the north windows that have the coldest exposure, choose Hunter Douglas Duette with triple layering are available.

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